Corb Lund is set to release Cover Your Tracks on September 13th via Warner Music Canada. The 8-song EP is a collection of unexpected cover songs previously recorded by AC/DC, Nancy Sinatra, Billy Joel, Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Willie Nelson & Ray Charles, and Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show. It was produced by Lund and John Evans, and features guest appearances from the critically acclaimed singer songwriter Hayes Carll and Canadian Western music legend Ian Tyson alongside Lund’s band The Hurtin Albertans: Kurt Ciesla, Grant Siemens, and Brady Valgardson.
Hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada, and with a family lineage of ranchers and rodeo people, Lund is about as authentic as they come. Embracing his Western heritage through his music, Lund has been known to touch on a range of cowboy themes past and present – from rough-and-tumble tales of lawless frontier saloons, to the somber realities of running a modern family ranch. Cover Your Tracks presents some of the songs by others that Lund says have inspired him throughout his career.
Lund states, “Earlier this year I recorded a bunch of cover songs by some of my favourite artists and writers from various periods in my life, mostly for fun and to get them out of my system.” He says, “Many of the songs we’ve been playing live for years. Being re-inspired by this stuff and getting back in the studio to cut it was a great warm up for making another record of my own songs, which I’m working hard on writing as we speak. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy listening to these old favourites as much as we enjoyed recording them.”
Lund previews the album with a duet with Hayes Carll on an interpretation of the Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show classic “The Cover of the Rolling Stone.” Lund says, “I’ve been playing this in bars for years because it’s always made a great honky tonk tune. And the subject matter all feels kinda familiar. Thanks to brother Hayes for jumping in.” Meanwhile Carll muses, “You mean I get to hang out with my bad-ass country singing, horse riding, guitar picking, longtime friend, Corb Lund, record a classic Shel Silverstein song, and then accept all of the glory, fame, money, and accolades that will surely follow? Count me in!” Hear it here.
Corb Lund has received multiple CCMA, Juno, and international award nominations and wins. His seventh album, Cabin Fever, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Charts; three of his records have been certified Gold, and his latest studio album, Things That Can’t Be Undone, produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), cemented his status as one of the best contemporary country singer/songwriters working today. NPR said “The album is a high mark of a long career” while Rolling Stone named him one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” stating, “Things That Can’t Be Undone finds Lund flirting in fresh sonic waters, while still keeping his sardonic mix of eerie lyrics and deceptively joyful vamps well intact.” PopMatters exclaimed, “Melodically engaging and narratively compelling, Things That Can’t Be Undone furthers the case for Corb Lund as one of the best contemporary country songwriters.”
Lund is entering the studio this summer to record his forthcoming full-length record featuring the singer’s signature brand of “agriculturally tragic” wit and Western themes. The album will be released in 2020.
Corb Lund Cover Your Tracks Track Listing
1. These Boots Are Made for Walkin’
2. The Cover of the Rolling Stone (feat. Hayes Carll)
3. They’re Hanging Me Tonight
4. Outlaw Man
5. Ride On (feat. Ian Tyson)
6. Seven Spanish Angels
7. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me
8. I Shall Be Released